Christina M. Patterson, MD

  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics
  • Director, Epilepsy Services
  • Director, Epilepsy Monitoring Unit
  • Medical Director, Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery Program
  • Co-director, University of Pittsburgh Comprehensive Epilepsy Center (UPCEC)

Dr. Patterson is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Child Neurology. She is the Director of Epilepsy Services, the Director of the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit and the Medical Director of the Epilepsy Surgery Program at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. She also serves as the co-director of the University of Pittsburgh Comprehensive Epilepsy Center. In her clinical practice, she specializes inneurophysiology/electroencephalography and the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric epilepsy. Her research interests are in the fields of pediatric epilepsy, epilepsy surgery, clinical neurophysiology and electroencephalography.

Professional and Scientific Society Memberships

  • American Academy of Neurology, 2007-Present 
  • Child Neurology Societ, 2007-2020 
  • American Epilepsy Society, 2011-Present 
  • Pennsylvania Medical Society, 2018-2020 
  • Allegheny County Medical Society, 2018-2020 

Education & Training

  • BS, Neuroscience, University of Pittsburgh, 2000
  • MD, American University of the Caribbean, 2004
  • Internship in Pediatrics, Western Reserve Care System NEOUCOM, 2005-2006
  • Residency in Pediatrics, Western Reserve Care System NEOUCOM, 2006-2007
  • Residency in Child Neurology, UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, 2007-2010
  • Fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology, UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, 2010-2011

Selected Publications

Liu T, Freud, E, Patterson C, Behrmann M. Perceptual function and category-selective neural organization in children with resections of visual cortex. The Journal of Neuroscience. 5 June 2019, 3160-18. 

Maallo AM, Freud E, Liu TT, Patterson C, Behrmann M. Effects of unilateral cortical resection of the visual cortex on bilateral human white matter. NeuroImage 2019 Nov 9. [Epub ahead of print] 

Meador KJ, Pennell PB, May RC, Marter LV, McElrath FT, Brown C, Gerard E, Kalayjian L, Gedzelman E, Penovich P, Cavitt J, French J, Hwang S, Pack AM, Sam M, Birnbaum A and Finnell R for the MONEAD Investigator Group*. (*Patterson C, Co-investigator, a member of the MONEAD Investigator Group). Fetal Loss and Malformations in the MONEAD Study of Pregnant Women with Epilepsy. NEUROLOGY MS ID#: NEUROLOGY/2019/999946; accepted. 

Birnbaum AK, Meador KJ, Karanam A, Brown C., May RC, Gerard EEG, Gedzelman E, Penovich P, Kalayjian LA, Cavitt J, Pack A, Miller J, Pennell PB, for the MONEAD Investigator Group*. (*Patterson C, Co-investigator, a member of the MONEAD Investigator Group).  Antiepileptic Drug Exposure in Children of Breastfeeding Mothers with Epilepsy: Results from the MONEAD Study. JAMA Neurol 2019 Dec 30. doi: 10.1001/jamaneurol.2019.4443. 

Pennell PB, French JA, May RC, Gerard E, Kalayjian L, Penovich P, Gedzelman E, Cavitt C, Hwang S, Pack AM, Sam M, Miller J, Wilson S, Brown C, Meador KJ, for the MONEAD Investigator Group*. (*Patterson C, Co-investigator, a member of the MONEAD Investigator Group). Changes in Seizures and Treatment in Pregnant Women with Epilepsy. In submission. 

Meador KJ, Pennell PB, May RC, Gerard E, Kalayjian L, Velez-Ruiz N, Penovich P, Cavitt J, French J, Hwang S, Pack A, Sam M, Moore E, Ippolito DM, MONEAD Investigator Group*. (*Patterson C, Co-investigator, a member of the MONEAD Investigator Group). Changes in Antiepileptic Drug Prescribing Patterns in Pregnant Women with Epilepsy. Epilepsy Behav 2018;84:10-14. 

Liu T, Nestor A, Patterson C, Vida MD, Pyles JA, Yang Y, Freud E, Behrmann M. The developing ventral visual pathway following right occipital and posterior temporal lobectomy. Cell Reports. 2018;24:1113-1122. 

Mountz J, Patterson C, Tamber M. Pediatric Epilepsy: Neurology, Functional Imaging, and Neurosurgery. Seminars in Nuclear Medicine. 2017;47:170-187. 

Full Publication List via NIH PubMed »

Research Grants

1R01EY027018-01A1, Reorganization of visual function in patients with posterior cortical resection: Selectivity and plasticity, 2017-2021, National Eye Institute/NIH, Year 1 $379,259; Year 2 $368,087; Year 3 $406,485, Year 4 $366,112